TORAJA TOUR, SOUTH SULAWESI
The province of South Sulawesi comprises the narrow south-western
peninsula of this orchid-shaped island which is mainly mountainous. The seafaring
Bugis dominate the southern tip, whereas the northern part of South Sulawesi is
inhabited by the Torajas whose unique culture rivals that of the Balinese.
Tana Toraja, often referred to as the "Land of the Heavenly
Kings". An ethnic group who believes that their forefathers descended from heaven
onto a mountain some twenty generations ago, the Torajas have a unique culture
based on animistic beliefs.
Known for their grand burial ceremonies on cliffs
or hanging graves, they practice an ancestral cult even today where death and
afterlife ceremonies are great feasts when buffaloes are sacrificed in the final
death ceremony, after which the deceased's remains are placed in a coffin and
interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs.
mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, looking out from a "balcony".
As death has such an "important meaning" when the souls are released, burials
are elaborate and follow days of feasting. Rock graves are also a form of burial.
A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages.
houses) are built on stilts with roofs on each end rising like the prows of a
ship, representing the cosmos. The mountains offer a fantastic panorama of natural
beauty, including the long drive ( about 8 hours ) from Ujung Pandang to Tana Toraja.
The provincial capital of Ujung Pandang
has in its history played an important role as the gateway to the former kingdom
of Gowa and now to the whole province because of its natural harbor. The center
of business and administration, the city has expanded outwards from its most important
landmark, that of Benteng Ujung Pandang which faces the sea front.
On the outskirts of Ujung Pandang, Paotere is where sailing
boats and other small vessels anchor to unload their cargo. The setting casts
a glow over the sea with the silhouettes of the boats. This scenery is most often
photographed by tourists.
the seat of the kings of Gowa, about 11 km. from Ujung Pandang is the old palace
of wood, standing on stilts facing the town square across the administration office.
Now the Ballalompoa Museum, weapons and costumes of royalty are on display in
glass cases. The royal regalia which includes a stone studded gold crown weighing
1769 grams can be seen only on special request.
will find white sandy beaches at Bira, 178 km from Ujung Pandang to the south.
Traditional ship building is also located in this area. Not far from this area
visitors can cross to the island of Selayar.
The largest cave in South Sulawesi, the legendary cave of
Mampu is about 140 km from the capital. Besides stalagmites and stalactites, rock
formations resemble human figures and animals to which legends are attached. The
cave is inhabited by bats who shriek and flutter around when bright lights pierce
the north of Ujung Pandang and driving east along the mountain range, is the Bantimurung
waterfalls, about 41 km from the capital. A cascade of sparkling water gushes
out between rocky cliffs into a stream shaded by tall trees. Here the air is filled
with butterflies which fly from shrub to shrub over the water. These rare brightly
colored ornithoid butterflies are considered the most beautiful in the world.
Now declared an archaeological site, these prehistoric caves
have strange rock carvings of hands and a wild pigs, believed to be 5,000 years
old. The road leads from Maros through the cave-riddled limestone hills to the
site about half an hour's drive from the airport.
Pare-pare is a lunch stop along the road from Ujung Pandang
to Toraja, through paddy-fields and typical Bugis houses made of wood and bamboo,
built on stilts. Here we can find the museum Labangenge, located at jalan Bau
Massepe No. 82, Pare-pare.
capital town of Wajo Regency is well-known for its silk weaving and therefore
is the center of Buginese silk. This area is populated by the Buginese ethnic
group, known for their crossing to other islands as traders of silk, sarongs and
other material. Here we can find lake Tempe, one of the tourist resorts. Sailing
and boating can be enjoyed on this lake.
center of the silk industry, this spinning mill produces thread from silk worms.
Weaving can be seen in many private homes along this route which is 240 km to
the northeast of Ujung Pandang. The finest silk is hand-loomed by village women
who individually need a whole month to produce two meters of silk. Visitors are
welcome to stop and watch, or make a purchase if there is any readily available.
small town of Rantepao is a major travellers' centre in the beautiful rugged hill
country of Tana Toraja in Central Sulawesi. The rice-farming, pig-breeding, water-buffalo-loving
Toraja who inhabit this region have become the focus of tourist attention thanks
to their elaborate ceremonies, burial sites and traditional houses.
km to the north of Ujung Pandang, you can see beautiful landscapes at Bambapuang,
located 20 km from Enrekang to the north on the way to Tana Toraja. Here can be
seen an erotic mountain called Batu Kabobong, by its shape formed by the valley
and slopes. A rest house is built on an elevation, giving a clear view of the
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